Author: VC Reporter

~ HAPPENINGS ~

OJAI CENTER FOR THE ARTS In the Main Gallery, Ojai artist Richard Niles displays his oils, acrylic paintings, fine pencil drawings and pastels in a retrospective called Journeys. His works have been inspired by the California landscape. In the Signature Gallery, Janet Bush shows her figurative oils. Reception is Jan. 8, 1-3 pm. Both shows exhibit through Feb. 1. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Sunday, noon-4 pm. 646-0117. Ojai Center for the Arts, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 646-0117. NEW WEST SYMPHONY Jan. 6-7, 8 pm. Masterpiece Series continues with Program Number 4, featuring conductor Boris Brott, and violinists Elizabeth Pitcairn and Andrew Duckles. Selections include Mozart Overture to Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart Sinfonia concertante in E-flat Major for Violin, Viola and Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Suite No. 4 in G Major, Opus 61, Mozartiana, and Mozart Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K. 504, Prague. $83-$18. Friday: Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard; Saturday: Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (800) NEW-WEST. THE ODYSSEY Jan. 10, 10 am. Performances To Grow On presents the big-stage 90-minute production following Odysseus, the great warrior king, as he wanders lost for ten years, struggling desperately to get home after winning the Trojan War. Boxtales brings its trademark theatrical style to the production featuring virtuosi storytelling, moving dramatic scene work, innovative physical movement, circus arts, acrobatics,...

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~ AFTER DARK ~

Alpine 1954 Goodyear Ave., Ventura, 650-1213. Sat.: Ill Repute, the Last Priority, Dysfunctional Chaos, California Redemption, Keep Fighting, 7 p.m. Mon.: The Secret Stolen, Idle Discourse, 7 p.m. Tue.: Insect Warfare, Hatred Surge, 7 p.m. Wed.: Stereotactic, Divide the Day, 7 p.m. Andy’s Seafood 550 E. Surfside Dr., Port Hueneme, 488-9533. Thu.: Steve Hill, 5 p.m. Billy O’s 2819 E. Main St., Ventura, 652-0327. Thu. & Fri.: Karaoke hosted by Richard Burns, 9 p.m. Sat.: The Mid-town Revival featuring the Pop-O-Matics Sun.: Service Industry Night Tue.: Scene Dream featuring the Secret Stolen, Drew Danburry, Idle Discourse, 11 p.m. Wed.: Wax Wednesdays, 9 p.m. Bombay Bar & Grill 143 S. California St., Ventura, 643-4404. Thu.: Mini Driver Fri. & Sat.: Joey Peate, 5:30 p.m., Custom Made w/ DJ SIN’RG (Up Front), DJ PJ (Club Oasis) Sun.: 3’s A Crowd, 5 p.m. Mon.-Wed.: Kool Karaoke w/ Leigh Balton, 9 p.m. The Canyon 28912 Roadside Dr., Agoura, (818) 879-5016. Thu.: The Spazmatics w/ Greg G., DJ Noel, One Republic Fri.: The Boogie Knights Sat.: Fantastic Diamond (Neil Diamond tribute) Capistrano’s 2101 Mandalay Beach Rd., Oxnard, 984-2500 ext. 569/984-4269. Fri. & Sat.: Tim Buley, 8:30 p.m. Champs Sports Bar & Grill 1900 Victoria Ave., Oxnard, 984-8015. Fri.: Bad Attitude, 9 p.m. Sat.: Finnhead, 9 p.m. Sun.: Roby Duron, 8 p.m. Wed.: Karaoke, 7 p.m. Deer Lodge 2261 Maricopa Hwy., Ojai, 646-4256. Thu.: Comedy...

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When the going gets stuffed

When the going gets stuffed My boyfriend of seven months, who’s 43, just moved in with me. Several days ago, he unpacked his “stuffed animal collection,” which consists of 12 teddy bears given to him by ex-girlfriends, and perched them all on the top of our couch. Am I petty to let this bother me? Some of them say things like “Love Margie” or “Happy Valentine’s Day, baby.” — Invaded Who knew in-your-face hostility could be so furry and cute? But, there it is, all “Love Margie,” in a little motorcycle jacket and a tiny scarf and goggles on the teenage girl’s bedspread that used to be your living room couch. At what point do you stop parsing how petty is too petty so you can unzip your skin and run away screaming? Now, to be fair, I have a friend who’s into stuffed animals. Her name is Sophie, and she’s 7. Your boyfriend, on the other hand, is a grown man — somebody who shaves, pays taxes and will soon get prostate exams — and he collects teddy bears? And, no, he didn’t amass all 12 by accident, with each girlfriend arriving at the idea herself: “Whoops, I have yet to buy my big, hairy, adult male boyfriend a stuffed toy!” Personally, I’d be less creeped-out by a boyfriend with a collection of brains in Mason jars (providing...

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Iraq and Vietnam

Iraq and Vietnam This is a response to the Angry Economist’s \”Iraq and Vietnam\” (12/15/2005) article. William P. McGowan should be an angry economist. He is limited to creating arguments that have no basis on what is actually occurring. Let\’s look at this with a critical perspective/pedagogy. First, I will quote some of the points he attempts to argue. 1) \”In neighboring Cambodia, the sudden vacuum created by the American pullout allowed Pol-Pot\’s reign of terror, which resulted in the death of what is conservatively estimated at three million people.\” 2) \”The main body of people who oppose the war [in Iraq] are those who hate George Bush so much that they would much rather see him suffer a defeat in \”his \” war, in spite of the consequences their \”victory\” will have for the region.\” 3) \”With the decline of its Soviet Union sponsor and its historical enmity with China, Vietnam\’s leaders had no choice but to adopt capitalism in spite of what Uncle Ho would have done.\” McGowan states that U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam created Pol Pot’s rise in power and the genocide. In actuality, Pol Pot and his regime existed before 1975 and rose into power because of \”… Nixon\’s secret war in Cambodia\” as McGowan acknowledged in the beginning of the article. People would not have supported Pol Potif the U.S. military had not bombed nor killed large numbers of their people. McGowan\’s following point...

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~ MOVIE TIMES ~

All show times are for Friday through Thursday unless otherwise noted. Times are p.m. and daily, unless otherwise indicated. All times are subject to change without notice. CAMARILLO Paseo Camarillo Cinemas, 390 Lantana St. 383-2267 Capote Fri.-Thurs., 12 noon, 4:45 p.m. Good Night, And Good Luck Fri.-Sat., 2:30, 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; Sun.-Thurs., 2:30, 7:15 p.m. A History of Violence Fri.-Sat., 12:45, 3, 5:15, 7:30, 9:50 p.m.; Sun.-Thurs., 12:45, 3, 5:15, 7:30 p.m. Pride & Prejudice Fri.-Sat., 1, 4, 7, 9:45 p.m.; Sun.-Thurs., 1, 4, 7 p.m. Edwards Cinema, 680 Ventura Blvd. 383-8866 Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Fri.-Thurs., 12 noon, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10 p.m. Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe Fri.-Thurs., 12:10, 12:45, 3:30, 4:15, 7, 7:45, 10:30 p.m. The Family Stone Fri.-Thurs., 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:20 p.m. Fun With Dick & Jane Fri.-Thurs., 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:30 p.m. King Kong Fri.-Thurs., 12 noon, 1:30, 2:30, 4, 5:30, 6:30, 8, 9:30, 10:20 p.m. Memoirs of a Geisha Fri.-Thurs., 12:45, 4, 7:15, 10:30 p.m. Now Hiring – Apply at Theatre The Producers Fri.-Thurs., 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10 p.m. The Ringer Fri.-Thurs., 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 p.m. Rumor Has It… Fri.-Thurs., 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10 p.m. THOUSAND OAKS Janss Marketplace Mann 9, Moorpark Rd./Hillcrest Drive 374-9656 Cheaper by the Dozen 2 Fri. 11:10 a.m., 1:50, 4:40, 7:10, 9:50 p.m.; Sat. 11:10 a.m.,...

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